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7 Keys to Modern Blended Learning Success

Posted by Katelind Hays

Mar 23, 2017 1:05:00 PM

BYTE Session Recap

Modern Blended Learning Blended TrainingOver the past 200 years, training has been moving in the wrong direction. Our approach to training and education no longer supports how learners work. Guest BYTE speaker Martyn Lewis explored a modern solution to an old-school problem.

Read more for Martyn’s definition of our learning struggles, how to get started with blended training, and the seven keys to a successful learning and development approach.

Watch Martyn’s BYTE recording for a discussion of learning through the ages, moving away from the physical classroom, the 7C approach to blended learning and a case study. Click here for the recording.

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Topics: Blended learning, Modern Learning, BYTE, Instructional Design, Blended Learning Hub

Using Emotional Intelligence for Agile Learning

Posted by Marjorie Derven

Mar 16, 2017 12:05:00 PM

How does building emotional intelligence allow learning professionals to be more effective at their jobs? This blog by Marjorie Derven, guest InSync BYTE series speaker, introduces the connection before her March 21 live online learning event. Register to attend her BYTE session now to expand on the perspective shared here. 

Emotional Intelligence workplace learningToday’s world is changing at a dizzying pace, with increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity—known as “VUCA” in Army War College terminology.  We know that high levels of change cause stress---and stress can block our ability to be effective learners. This is problematic, because being an agile learner—curious, adaptable, open to change, and having the resilience to keep on trying to learn despite making mistakes along the way—is more important than ever. 

In fact, our ability to learn is arguably a requirement for survival.  As we experience new and challenging situations, there may not be a past model to refer to. It is essential to be able to ask critical  questions such as “What is most important now?” "What is different and the same about this situation compared with others I have seen in the past?" and, “If I think creatively, what are some better answers?” Constructive questions, combined with the humility to be open to new ways of thinking, enables us to best gain perspective to address new situations. 

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Topics: BYTE, Agile Learning, Emotional Intelligence

Can I Get a Copy of the Slides? The Case for Blended Training

Posted by Martyn Lewis

Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Martyn Lewis, Principal and Founder of 3GS, joins the ranks of both InSync guest bloggers and BYTE presenters. Don't miss his BYTE session, Reversing 200 Years in the Wrong Direction with Blended Training, on February 28, 2017. 

Blended Learning Blended TrainingThere is always at least one. One person in a training program, or worse still, that couldn’t make it to the program, that asks, “Can I get a copy of the slides?"  I am on a personal mission to never hear anyone ask for a copy of the slides again.

Why do we so often hear people ask for a copy of the slides?  Simply put, it is in the belief that the learning content of the training program exists across a sequential series of PowerPoint slides. It is the belief that if you were to “read” the slides, you could get the content, rather like reading a book.

However, in defense of those who ask that question, we have trained them to think this way. Frequently training programs are designed, or rather not designed, by using PowerPoint like a book upon which to spread out our content.  

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Topics: Blended learning, BYTE

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